How John Aniston's Acting Chops Bonded Daughter Jennifer and TV Legend Marlo Thomas

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As the Kiriakis family patriarch on Days of Our Lives, John Aniston is used to all sorts of family drama. But in real life, he added a new twist to a family member's comedic hit.

John's famous daughter, Jennifer, is best-known for her starring turn as Rachel Green in the iconic '90s sitcom Friends. When execs were looking for an actress to play Jen's on-screen mom, The Morning Show's Jen suggested an old family friend. 

Veteran actress Marlo Thomas, star of That Girl, lit up the screen as Sandra Green. Thomas told Variety:

"Her father, John Aniston, and I had done a play together before Jennifer was born. We played brother and sister. When I got the call to play Jennifer’s mother, I said, ‘That’s funny — I already played her aunt!’ We had a great time. She was very excited to have me there, because she’d remembered gifts I’d sent her and her brother when she was small.”

Thomas also involved Jennifer in humanitarian work for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Aniston is still involved with the organization. Thomas recalled:

"I was in the medicine room of St. Jude one day, and a mother said, ‘Will you give this note to Jennifer Aniston? She saved my daughter’s life.’ How is that?”